ARE YOU CONNECTED

Some days I consider my choice of daily activities as mine alone, to do as I please. What a lapse of judgement! Our lives are not ours alone, but God’s, who seeks to use us each day, as vessels carrying hope, mercy, love, and examples of faith in Him to those within our reach.

Our selfish carnal natures will prevent us from doing His work. When we fail to surrender our lives daily to Him, we are prone to wander off the narrow road leading to salvation. We stray within an arm’s length of the devil, Satan. On days we forget, neglect, or willfully turn away from abiding in Christ, we are susceptible to Satan’s seemingly innocuous schemes. Satan tricks us into thinking that acting on an idea in our head will free us from God’s constraints. At that point we’re blinded to the fact those constraints (God’s Law) were given to mankind to protect us from harm.

When we neglect our relationship with God we forget or are unaware we have no strength of ourselves to obey God’s Laws. We flounder. We sin. We may feel guilt. What we do at this point is crucial. Either we continue to fill our carnal desires, or we get down on our knees to God in sorrow for our sins that nailed our Savior to the Cross. We confess our transgressions to the Lord, sincerely repent of them, and humbly receive His forgiveness.

Again in favor with God, we offer Him praise and thanksgiving. Our next step is again crucial — abiding in Christ, for He is the true vine, sustaining us through hard times, giving us strength to obey His Law, and allowing us to bear much fruit. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Indeed, Christ requires us to be connected with Him. This is best done by prayer, first thing in the morning, and then throughout the day, allowing us to commune with Him as we carry out God-approved and God-inspired activities. Certainly, we don’t think about God constantly, but He is the first one we will turn to for comfort and guidance, and to offer praise and thanksgiving, when we are God focused.

He is a mighty God. Get to know Him. Abide in Him. Follow His ways. You will be blessed and bless others in ways only God can enable you to do.

— Scripture quotation taken from NKJV —

2 comments so far

  1. Barbie Dickson on

    Dear Betsy; Thank you for this message. I needed a reminder of who I should be obeying. πŸ™‚ God bless you πŸ™‚ I have a knee replacement on my right knee scheduled for June 16th at ST. Clare hospital in Baraboo as that is where my new Health Insurance covers me. πŸ™‚ My Orthopedic Surgeon’s name is Dr. Christopher Dale. πŸ™‚ I went for a Pre-op Joint class to talk to a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, a Pharmacist and a Social Worker to get everything in order. πŸ™‚ I also am scheduled to go to Fountain View Nursing Home in Ripon for Rehabilitation after 3 days in the hospital. I don’t know how long I’ll be there, but I’m scheduled for 8 days for now. That is my news for now. I hope you are well and your husband too. πŸ™‚ Love-in-Christ, Barb πŸ™‚

    Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:19:45 +0000 To: saved1974@hotmail.com

    • betsyborchardt on

      Barb,
      I am always touched when you read one of my posts and comment on it. I know then that my message is valued.and is impacting your life.
      I wish you all the best and will be praying for your knee surgery and recovery to go well.
      God bless.
      Betsy


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